Melinda Haecock felt that she needed to do something.
“McDonald’s is open. Walmart is open. Churches are closed,” she said picking up a large McDonald’s cup and tipping it towards me. “So I thought I’d bring the church to the street.”
Melinda said the idea hit her Friday evening so Saturday morning, she went to the corner of 15th and Newton after making her sign.
She planted herself at the corner with the sign at 7 a.m. “It was supposed to rain but, look, it’s beautiful out,” she raised a hand to the clear blue sky.
She stood for quite a while before deciding to get a chair. The beautiful day added to her determination to stand her post but tired feet prevailed and she headed home for a chair.
A few kids came up and gave her a bottle of water at one point.
Some runners exhaled a couple “amens” as they passed by.
She hopes it’s a message that helps people. “People need hope. We need hope,” she said. “I need hope,”
She’s had plenty of thumb ups from rolled down windows of passing cars. “Only one fellow rolled his window down and gave me a thumbs down,” she said. “That’s okay.”
She plans on being there all day. “I don’t have anything else to do,” she said. “If I’m at home, I’ll just watch TV.”
Melinda admitted she’s been a believer her entire life but has had her fallen moments. “I’m a sinner,” she said. “I’m so glad He loves me.”